Experts offer advice for soon-to-be college students

Experts address concerns as high school kids make the transition to college

Posted: Aug. 10, 2018 6:37 PM

Missouri Western is prepared for another new year and some of the students who arrive, though, might not be so ready say some students who have been through new semester grind before.

"I was afraid that what if I'm late to class? Am I going to miss class, are they not going to let me in? Am I gonna automatically fail? said Kaitlin Smith, a senior at Missouri Western State University recalling her high school to college transition. 

"You’re not prepared, you don’t know where your teachers are planning, then you get to college where you can plan the schedule however you like, pick your classes how you desire." said Smith. 

Education experts say the best way to be ready as a college freshman is to start preparing one or even two years before first stepping on campus.

"Probably junior year is a good time to start." said Dixie Williams, Admissions Representative at MWSU,  adding that it’s important high schoolers reach out.

 "I think it's also important to talk to your high school counselor." said Williams.

If high school kids aren’t coming into college with a major picked out, those same experts say, it's not the end of the world.

"As a first generation student myself, I always try to emphasize that two- thirds of our students at St. Xavier are first generation students and you don’t really have to know all the answers coming in." said Dr. Laurie Joyner, President of St Xavier University in Chicago. 

At her time at Western, Smith said she made lot of changes to her major.

"I was education, criminal justice, I was graphic design, photography, I changed a lot." 

Her advice to new college students..., don’t stress.

"You don’t have to stress out, everything was so smooth."said Smith.

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